Pawfect Weekend seems to be dominated by pups about town at the moment! Last week we had Eddie in Edinburgh, and this week we have Tabasco in London. Audrey and I very much approve of this interview. All Audrey needed to know was that a cafe called Mustachio Cafe features in their Pawfect Weekend and she gave her full blessing. That girl knows how to rock a moustache after all. For me, when Kristina sent a photo of a dog friendly doughnut cafe (Crosstown Doughnuts) that sealed my approval!
I never really envisaged taking Audrey to London, it just hasn’t been on my radar. Now, after reading this, I really want to go! Sounds like a dog friendly delight. Tabasco, Audrey will meet you at Paws For Coffee, okay?
You can find Tabasco on Instagram here, and he even has his own hashtag to follow: #tabascotakeslondon. After reading this I have no doubts that you will want to keep up with his adventures. Thanks for being our guests, Tabasco, Kristina and Mike…..take it away!
1) Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Tabasco and I’m a little sparkplug of a ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel living in London. My humans are Kristina and Mike. They picked my name because of my red colour (and because of an inside joke about condiment-inspired dog names), but it ended up being very prophetic as I’ve got quite the spunky, spicy personality!
I live with my pawrents in Deptford, South East London, right by the Thames. I love staring at it and barking at the other doggos, foxes and ducks. We spend most of our time in and around the Docklands and love to stay riverside because it lessens the hectic feel of a big city.
My dad, Mike, is an English teacher and my mom, Kristina, writes, engineers and produces music, among other things – however she’s currently home due to poor health (she has Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). One of the main reasons my dad agreed to adopt me was for me to cheer her up and keep her company during her homebound days. I’ve done this and so much more, and I am now frequently referred to by my humans as “the best decision we’ve ever made”… Which is pretty good, right?
2) What is your favourite dog friendly town or city in the UK?
We haven’t ventured outside of London as a family yet, but have our eyes set on Brighton, Bath and the Jurassic Coast as likely future destinations! We’ll keep you posted 😉 As it is, it would be London by default (duh), but specifically the South East not just because we’re based there, but because it’s so very green and extremely dog friendly. Perfect for a Pawfect Weekend!
3) Can you tell us about your Pawfect Weekend at home?
Our Pawfect Weekend in London – where to begin! Assuming it’s a glorious sunny one (because so many London weekends are) and humom’s feeling unusually well, we would kick it off by having brunch on Saturday morning at our lovely, dog friendly local, the Plough Way Café. It’s a quirky, beautiful Italian café and restaurant tucked away in Deptford and it has fantastic food and all the love for doggos, plus outside seating overlooking a park for those lovely sunny days.
After some food and socializing (this is a popular spot for dogs), we’d take the 188 bus to Tanner Street, go for a walk along the beautiful Shad Thames (a riverside street/shop complex that used to be the largest warehouse complex in London, and still retains the charm – and interweaving sky bridges! – from that era). Pop by Maltby Street Market (less busy than nearby Borough Market but containing lots of the same popular nibbles!) and then Bermondsey Street (all within 10mins of each other), which is possibly the most dog friendly street in town!
This haven for pampered pooches has a little park that’s always brimming with four-legged friends, a dog accessories shop (Holly & Lil), and tons of fantastic restaurants, cafés and bars that are pretty much all dog friendly. If we were feeling fancy, we would end the day by having dinner at Pont de la Tour or the Butlers Wharf Chop House, both river-facing restaurants on the Shad Thames, where doggos are welcome on their terrace seating. We would then cross Tower Bridge (always fun in and of its own) and get the Thames Clipper back home. It’s more expensive than other public transport but less expensive than an Uber, and the views are fantastic and, my humans tell me, very romantic.
On Sunday we’d get some breakfast bagels at Mustachio Café on Lower Road, Surrey Quays (an unassuming little café with tasty sandwiches and great coffee) and head on over to Southwark Park for a little picnic. We love it there because it has both a huge field for me to run like crazy on, and tree-lined paths and ponds that my humans love. After a good romp in the park (and barking at the swans like a madman), we would head towards Rotherhithe Village through the connecting King’s Stairs gardens, which end on the Thames Path and have a stunning view of the city: Tower Bridge, the London Eye and The Shard all in one glorious eyeful.
We’d then walk along the path to Rotherhithe Beach, where my humans would sit on the wall overlooking the river while I run some more – this time on sand! After feeding me some lovely kibble and ensuring I don’t eat all of the sand instead (this has happened before), we would go to the historic and beautiful Mayflower pub, where we’d sit out on the terrace overlooking the river while my pawrents have their huge Sunday roasts and I only get tiny scraps of chicken. They can be so greedy.
4) Are there any spots in town you haven’t visited yet but are on your radar?
There always are, in a place like London! I could think of hundreds, but right now, at the top of my list would be:
- The Egerton House Hotel, which is not only dog friendly but treats dogs like VIPs! I’ve heard tales of special dog menus for Afternoon Tea, toys, embroidered towels and turndown pet treats. I mean, could it get any better than that?! I doubt it. I hope my humans are in the cash soon so we can go!
- Sketch London, where well-behaved doggos are welcome for brunch in their Parlour room, and my furriends have told me staff are super welcoming (we’ll be checking it out next month so stay tuned).
- Paws for Coffee in Richmond (also home of one of THE BEST, and hugest, parks ever!), a café that is SO dog-friendly that they serve actual puppuccinos (warm goats’ milk with black pudding at the bottom), calf hooves, home-made dog treats and doggy ice cream. I really think it might be actual heaven, and being the angel that I am I think I deserve to go.
5) What do you look for when choosing a place to go away to?
Somewhere that’s not only “dog tolerant” but actually dog friendly and welcoming. With space for me to run around in, and that isn’t super busy as I’m a small pup and people end up stepping on me in crowded places because they don’t see me. Ouch!
6) Do you have any top tips for travelling with your dog?
My pawrents always make sure to have a bag they can pop me into at the ready in case of crowds or if we’re going on public transport, as I tend to calm down once inside it and it also ensures I stay safe. My “settle” blanket is also essential: I’ve been trained to “settle” (aka lie down and wait for treats) on this magical blanket, so whenever it goes on the floor I know I’m supposed to get on it and chill out, because treats are forthcoming.
7) Items you would never travel without?
- Collapsible dog bowl and water
- Brush (my long mane gets very tangled!)
- Settle blanket (see above)
- Lots and lots of training treats
- Wet wipes
- Beef tails, to keep me busy munching and tire me out
- A towel
- The obvious essentials: poop bags, food, harness and lead (although if it were up to me I’d just roam free as a bird!)
- My humom’s camera, as I tend to get lots of treats and attention when it’s out.
Any other dog friendly gems or adventures you want to tell us about?
I’m still a wee little thing at one year old, so all the rest of my adventures are ahead of me. Remember that you can follow my adventures here to see what I get up to in the future.
I love that this post was filled with dog friendly recommendations. If you have some for your local area, or for your Pawfect Weekend away from home, we would love to have you as our Pawfect Weekend guest. I’d love to hear from you so please get in touch.